This weekend, the 16-17th May is the Cairngorms Nature Festival which is a massive assortment of events planned throughout the Cairngorms National Park all focused on getting outdoors and exploring nature! This year, the Spey Foundation and Spey Catchment Initiative are working together to produce the ‘SpeyFantastic’ event on Sunday 17th May. This will be a full day hopefully giving visitors the chance to learn about the life within the Spey catchment, and get to see some of the species first hand! We will be demonstrating electrofishing, our survey technique for studying the fish populations within the river. Visitors will have the chance to view the fish up close and learn how to tell the difference between a salmon and trout. There will also be invertebrate sampling so that the amazing array of tiny insects that live in the river can be examined and identified. There will also be a host of information about the work we do, the catchment we work in and the chance to ask the staff any burning questions!
This event will be held in Rothiemurchus, just outside Aviemore and will kick of at 11am with the first electrofishing demonstration. Demonstrations will then happen at 12, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. If you can only turn up in between demonstrations, don’t worry there will be plenty to look at! There’s no booking necessary, and we would love to see as many people come along as possible! If you’re driving just park in the car park opposite the treetop climbing experience, cross over the road and head behind the Rothiemurchus centre. There will be staff and banners to help point you in the right direction. The centre will be open, where you will find information, a gift & farm shop and a cafe.
If you would like to know more about this event and the many more taking place throughout the national park, visit the Cairngorms nature festival website and view the complete programme here. We look forward to seeing you there!